Reboot Your Joy by Changing Your Perspective

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This is the second in a series on Rebooting Your Joy.  Last time, we talked about how gratitude reboots your joy.  Today, we’re going to find that elevating our perspective also reboots our joy.

So, what does rebooting your joy have to do with leadership?

I wrote a book called “Parenting through the Mirror.” It’s not so much about kids as it is about allowing God to change you.  Your kids become who you are, not what you tell them to be.

Just as parents reproduce kids who are mirrors of who they are, leaders produce followers who look like them.

If you want better followers, become a better you.  Remember Paul said, follow me as I follow Jesus,”?

So why is joy so important to a leader or anyone for that matter?  

Nehemiah 8:10 says, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”  We all need strength to fight the fight of faith.

Joy is simply a product of our thinking – It is a choice.

I love this quote

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” 

Do you ever wonder if you’re seeing life through a clouded lens?

So how do we make sure that what we’re seeing is what God is seeing?

Here’s the cure for cloudy vision.

 Change your perspective.  

Exchange your perspective for His perspective.

If you’re like me, to do this you have to change your thinking.

Last time, we focused on 2 of our 3 key Scriptures Romans 12:2 and Philippians 4:8.

Today, we’re going to zero in on Ephesians 2, because when you get this one, it’s easier to get the others.  The chapter opens

up like a Dicken’s novel  . . . ONCE YOU WERE DEAD

Picking it up in verse 4.

BUT God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much,

that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6 NLT

Notice:  Past tense – done deal – already happened . . .

One of the easiest ways to lose our joy is to forget our true spiritual position. This happens when we are sucked into our circumstances.

Circumstances are the devil’s playground.  If he can get our eyes on our circumstances instead of our answer, he’s got us.  Then . . .

This causes us to lose perspective.

When we try to fight in our circumstances, we are fighting in our own strength and in the devil’s territory.  No matter where we turn, we are trapped in our circumstance. It’s all we can see!  Circumstances everywhere, oh my!

Plus we are right in the line of fire for his firey darts. You know him, the liar.  If he can manipulate our emotions he can defeat us.

However, when we take our designated seat, our rightful seat because of what Christ did for us, then we can see things through the eyes of the Father for what they really are and not what they feel like.

Here’s the amazing thing about God . . . It’s OUR choice . .   

Rightful seat – child of God seat or . . . 

Circumstance seat – slave seat

I never do anything right seat vs righteousness of God in Christ seat

Why is this happening to me seat vs I am more than a conquerer seat

This is too hard seat vs I can do all things through Christ seat

I suggest you pick your rightful seat – it is already bought and paid for.

It is an elevated perspective. God’s perspective.

Instead of being locked into our circumstances, we can see beyond them because we have God’s elevated view.

2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Circumstances are sight – they are in this realm and want to make us their slave.

Seeing from God’s perspective is faith beyond circumstances – we’re in God’s realm.  By faith it sees the options, God’s big picture, and our answer.

When we are seated spiritually speaking in the heavenlies, it has lots of perks!

5 Benefits of Taking Your Rightful Seat

and I’m sure you can think of many more.

1. The enemy’s firey darts can’t pierce us, because our emotions are safely out of his reach. 

2. We see things the way they really are from God’s perspective – and His view is perfect – his lens is not clouded.

3. We see beyond the circumstances to our answer.

4. Our thinking becomes renewed – Romans 12:2 & Philippians 4:8

5. Our joy is rebooted, because our focus is on the eternal and not locked into our circumstances.

So if you want to change your life to one that is filled with joy, just choose to change your perspective.

What are some things you do to keep life in perspective?

 

Make 2017 a Year of Breakthrough

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I am so grateful for the wisdom of Michael Hyatt.  He is an amazing mentor in my life. He has so much real world experience and wisdom.  He is an expert in life management; and you owe it to yourself to tune in for his free webinar on goal setting.  If any of the below describes you, this webinar will really help you achieve your goals and become all God created you to be.

Do these sound familiar?

Do you ever struggle to hit any of your goals…

Or if you have BIG plans for this year and need every
possible advantage…

Make sure you reserve a spot for this:

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017webinar

It’s a free presentation but it will fill up super
fast (which is why you need to reserve your spot).

New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt is
going to show you, step-by-step, how to use
goal-setting to take control of your days and turn
them into the life you really want.

You’ll hear Michael share things like:

* The one single strategy that will instantly make
you 42% more likely to accomplish your goals —
it’s shocking how many people miss it

* How to “quit-proof” your goals and ensure 2017 is
the year you finally cross “that big one” off your
list (you know which one I’m talking about!)

* Why detailed action plans work against you and an
alternate strategy that will take a huge weight off
your shoulders

* The secret to sustaining your initial momentum and
keep making progress toward your goals no matter what
life throws at you

* The common and seemingly positive goal-setting
strategy that is likely sabotaging your success
(and what to do instead)

and so much more!
There are several different times to accommodate your
schedule. See what works for you here:

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017webinar

By the end of the presentation, you’ll be crystal
clear about how you can have your best year ever
in 2017.

Here’s to success in 2017!

Sandy
P.S. All registrants will get a special workbook designed specifically for this
presentation. Here’s the link to sign up:

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017webinar

A Measuring Tape For Your Life

 

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You’ve no doubt heard the business adage…“What you don’t measure, you can’t improve.”

It’s certainly true in business, sports, andscience, but what about life?

How do you measure progress with your life?

With work or business it might be a little easier because we could use our income. But what about our health, or our relationships, or our intellectual growth?

Now there is a great tool called the LifeScore Assessment that helps you do this in less than 10 minutes–and it’s free right now.

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017assessment

Once you discover your LifeScore,™ you can quickly see opportunities for growth and what is working well.

It’s the perfect way to measure progress in your life.

 

Wishing you your best year ever,

Sandy

P.S. There’s also a quick video tutorial that explains how to use the tool. You’ll get that
once you submit your email address here:

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017assessment

If life were a game, what would your score be?

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Even if you aren’t competitive, how would you rank
each area of your life?

Would you give yourself a good score with your health?

What about your finances or relationships?

What if there was a way you could measure yourself
in the areas that matter most–so that you can
improve?

What if you could get an overall score for your
life, take it to the next level, and create the
life you want?

Well, now you can.

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017assessment

New York Times best-selling author Michael Hyatt has
developed a proprietary tool that makes this whole
process super easy–and it’s free!

Like many assessments, this one is
self-administered.

It provides you with the opportunity to rate
yourself in each of life’s major domains.

You read a series of statements that describe
specific situations and pick the one that most
closely aligns with where you perceive yourself to
be. Then you refine a bit based on your unique
situation.

The tool then calculates your score in each
domain, adds them together, and gives you an
overall LifeScore.™

The whole process takes less than ten minutes. It
will give you the clarity you need to create the
life you want.

Once you discover your LifeScore,™ you can quickly
see opportunities for growth and what is working
well.

If you take it quarterly, you have a built-in way
to measure your growth over time and stay
motivated toward what matters most to you!

Best of all, the LifeScore™ Assessment is FREE–but
only for a limited time.

So go take the assessment today.

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017assessment

Enjoy!

Sandy

P.S. The tool (that Michael makes available for
free) calculates everything for you. You
just read the descriptions, pick the one that’s
most accurate for you in each domain and then
you’ll have your overall score. It’s fast and
easy. But you’ll come away with tremendous
clarity when you’re finished.

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017assessment

Who Speaks Into Your Life?

 

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Can you believe that 2017 is within spitting distance? As I get older, it seems like time is accelerating at a blinding pace.  In fact, it feels like the years are flying by at an exponential rate.  This gives me pause to consider how I go about increasing the quality of the days I have left.

One of the best ways I’ve found is to surround myself with the voices of those who are where I’d like to be.  Who are your mentors?  Your heroes?  Who are those men and women who have accomplished those things that you’ve only dreamed about? Those are the voices of hope and reason amid the chaos of mediocrity.

My dream is to be an author who makes a difference with my art in the lives of others.  A voice crying in the wilderness guiding people to the green pastures of joy, hope, peace, and victory.  So, I’m listening to men and women like Michael Hyatt, John Maxwell, Andy Andrews, Joyce Meyers, and others whom I respect and trust.  They are all where I want to be.

This year, I’m determined to make huge strides toward my objectives.  If you’re like me, I’d like to share a free ebook I’ve found that I am going to use to get me down the road toward my goals in 2017 and beyond.

Let me know if it helps you  toward your goals and dreams.

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017ebook

 

Reboot Your Gratitude

I’ll confess, I can tend to be a half full. You know the type, the skeptic, the realist, you know negative.  God has been walking me through a process of renewing my mind.  Here’s what He’s been teaching me. For several years now, I can’t get off  Romans 12:2, Phil 4:8,  and Ephesians 2:6.  Joyce Meyer’s says, “You never fail God’s tests, you just keep taking them over and over until you get it right.”th-1

Is it just me, or sometimes does life stink? You think things will work out one way and everything seems to turn out just the opposite of what you’re believing for? You were believing for the sweet life, and you got lemons.

So, when life throws you a lemon, how do you reboot your mind to get it lined up with the Word?

How do you make lemons into lemonade?

You add sugar.

Gratitude is like adding sugar to lemon juice.

It makes sour things sweet.

Studies show that being grateful and giving thanks effects every area of your life. It effects your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Here’s how gratitude reboots your thinking:

1.  It honors God – the word actually commands us to give thanks to Him, Psalm 100, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise.” In 1 Samuel 2:30 –  God says, “I will honor those who honor me.”

2.  It renews your thinking by changing your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have.

3.  It’s God’s antidepressant – you can only have 1 thought at a time, you can’t think a grateful thought and a depressed thought at same time. It is impossible!

3 Ways to Increase Your Gratitude

  1. Start a gratitude journal – write down all those things your grateful for and read and add to it during your devotional time.
  1. Get a gratitude accountability friend  – Someone who loves you enough to tell you the truth.
  1. Hang around grateful people.

Even when gratitude doesn’t change your circumstances, it changes your perspective – from the lens that is limited by your circumstance, to the unlimited lens of God’s perspective.